New research from Erickson shows that almost every Canadian (97%) eats peanut butter, and this number has been on the rise since 2013. As a delicious and convenient protein source, peanut butter has claimed its spot as a pantry staple with 87% of households having it on hand. Even with the widespread love of this nutty spread, research shows two distinct groups of peanut “power eaters” whose consumption habits and attitudes towards peanuts (and peanut products) are greater than the national average.
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Advancements in technology, shifting consumption habits and the influence of big brands – all these have (and will continue to have) an impact on the way consumers shop. To combat the battle for consumers’ time, retailers are tailoring their in-store and online experiences to make life easier and engage with customers on a personal level.
The days of paper grocery lists and coupon booklets are in the rear-view mirror. Instead, today’s shoppers use digital flyers that have been carefully pre-selected and uniquely curated based on their needs, shopping patterns and current sales.
Between chaotic morning routines and after-work activities, it is an understatement to say that Canadians’ lives have gotten busier. With this shift, the three meals a day routine sometimes falls to the wayside. Whether for convenience or health, snacking has taken a leading role in national consumption habits, translating to big sales in the retail world.
Consumers have an appetite for new products, demanding and expecting more choices in the aisles, and praising companies that embrace innovation. Nielsen’s research finds that more than half of respondents (57%) say they purchased a new product during their last grocery-shopping trip.
As we approach March Break at elementary and secondary schools, many families will be taking flight to leave behind the cold Canadian weather for sunnier destinations. With recent media coverage around mid-flight allergic reactions and calls for nut-free zones aboard airplanes, we asked the American Peanut Council’s Health Consultant, Dr. Andrew Craig to help set the record straight.
Certified organic, gluten-free, low sugar – these aren’t just product buzzwords, they’re attributes that millennial moms are increasing looking for in the foods they serve themselves and their kids. Nine out of 10 millennial moms say they’re preparing healthy lunch boxes for their child(ren), and another 60% say their lunchbox contents are quite different from the fare they were served as a child.
Sales are up in the spread category, with consumers choosing them for convenience, versatility and taste. But what about nutrition?
It’s long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s about time that lunch receives some recognition. From nuked leftovers to meals hoovered at the desk, the way Canadians do lunch is certainly lacking. But, Ipsos Reid found that 13% of all food consumed during the day is enjoyed at lunch, leaving big opportunities for us to think healthy and reshape how we “lunch.”
Allergy Update: Canadian researchers’ review indicates food allergies in infants may be prevented with early introduction
The Canadian Medical Association Journal has released a research review that supports introducing babies to peanut products (peanut protein), and other foods that may cause an allergic reaction at four to six months of age.
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There is no sandwich quite as versatile and cost-effective as the peanut butter sandwich. Did you know that the first recipe for the PB&J was published in 1901? Still adored by kids and kids at heart, there are many more ways to enjoy this convenient classic. Check out these creative ways to rethink the peanut butter – or PB&J – sandwich.